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St. Paul woman with more than 60 dead cats in home sentenced

Caycee Bregel's booking photo from May. Photo: Caycee Bregel
Caycee Bregel's booking photo from May.

April 12, 2019 05:46 PM

A 26-year-old St. Paul woman was sentenced on Friday after more than 100 cats, more than 60 of which were dead, were found in terrible living conditions in her home back in 2018.

The Dakota County Attorney's Office says Caycee Lynn Bregel pled guilty to 13 counts of mistreatment of animals.

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According to the criminal complaint, Bregel operated a nonprofit called Minnesota Animal Rescue out of a residence in Farmington, and beginning in July 2017, received animals as a foster partner with the Animal Humane Society.

After authorities responded to the home she rented in Farmington on several occasions between April 27 and May 9 on reports of a loose pig, deputies again responded with the owner of the property on May 9. The criminal complaint says the owner told deputies there were cats inside the home that were "skin and bone," and that the environment was unhealthy. The complaint said officers also located animals in shallow graves and a number of carcasses in the backyard of the residence. 

Farmington Woman with More Than 60 Dead Cats in Home Charged

Law enforcement returned the following two days, and located 43 living cats, 64 deceased cats, one living guinea pig and five living dogs. According to the complaint, a number of the dead cats were located in the freezers and refrigerators, as well as the garage.

Officers also located nine living cats, seven puppies and one living dog at Bregel's rescue business, which was also in Farmington.

The complaint says those animals were evaluated by the Animal Humane Society, and several were found to have major health problems.

Bregel was sentenced to one year in prison, but 362 days were stayed, meaning if she complies with the terms of her probation, they'll likely be waived. She also was sentenced to two years of probation, 90 days of electronic home monitoring, 200 hours of community work service and restitution to the Humane Society and her former landlord.

The judge also ordered a psychological evaluation for her. She cannot any longer own, possess or care for any animals.

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